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Bill Brown, Retired in Ft Worth Tx

Now retired 60-Something living in Texas. I love audiobooks as I listen/read while walking my dogs, or working around the house. I also love reading on my Kindle too. Especially love science fiction and W.E.B. Griffin novels.

Saginaw TX | Member Since 2009

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  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (377)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "A Classic"
    Overall

    I'd read the book back in the 60's or 70's. Since then I've forgotten the details so this was a new book once again. I enjoyed it over 3-4 days and looked forward to resuming the book where I left off. If you enjoy these types of books (Lone Assassin vs the "System," ) then you'll not have any complaints. And the reader was excellent. He could pronounce all the foreign words that gave me such trouble while reading. A nice English accent.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1049)

    The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Enjoy OBSTLT (or Be Subject to Life Termination)"
    "Twenty minutes into it, and I want a refund!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator and Audible Frontiers! In at least three previous "Lost Fleet" and "Beyond the Frontier" audiobooks CEO Gwen Iceni was pronounced the same. Along comes the "Tarnished Knight" series and suddenly Iceni is pronounced "I-cen-I." Made me so angry that I missed the next few minutes of dialog every time Vietor said "I-cen-I." The producers couldn't maintain a consistancy in the way names are pronounced. Now I don't want to continue the book. The producers also allowed Marc Vietor to be much to "aggressive" in his reading. That's my take, anyway. I wanted to like this book but I'll skip the audio now and get it on my Kindle.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marc Vietor?

    Christian Rummel was so good that it will be hard to replace him.


    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4209)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2560)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "I'm very disappointed with this novel."
    Overall

    I listened to the first four parts of this book.. It was tough to keep going.. then I got to the last 8 to 10 hours and thought it would take off.. It did.. Slowly, the action started.. But I got to the last 20 minutes and wondered how he would wrap this up so quickly.. He never did though.. There was no proper ending for me.. No happy ending.. No sad ending.. It just ended!

    If you listen to this novel, the last spoken words of the novel summed up MY feelings exactly! .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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